Reflection:  A Discovery!
Recently, a young man was telling a group of us at church about his early experiences as a Christian. As a member of a minority, he had been trying to determine if the Christian community he was connecting with at that time could relate to minorities or to other cultural groups. There weren’t many people in that community who looked like him. So, he wondered was this "Christianity thing" and Jesus really for people like him?
As he began to read and study the Bible, he made a startling discovery. The New Testament and, in fact, the entire Bible are full of different peoples and cultures! He was most excited to find that the ministry and teachings of Jesus, as well as the letters written to the early church, address how believers should relate to one another as well as to other people -people of different races and nationalities, those who grew up in entirely different circumstances and our neighbors.
For Your Planning
In our ever-smaller world, we are able to interact with a greater number of people from different cultures than at any point in our history.  Mexican author Carlos Fuentes wrote, “My upbringing taught me that cultures are not isolated and perish when deprived of contact with what is different and challenging. Reading, writing, teaching, learning, are all activities aimed at introducing civilizations to each other.” 

In your current Bible study, pay attention to the different cultures represented in the stories. Notice the ways in which the authors of these Biblical books include details to alert you when there is interaction between people from different cultures and geographical locations.

Interesting to Note:  As of September, 2016, the entire Bible has been translated into 636 languages. And 3,223 languages have translations of portions of the Bible.
Ever Wonder What in the World God is Doing?
Check out Kerygma's study of the book of Acts
Into the World: The Acts of the Apostles
by Carol J. Miller 
 14 Sessions

Celebrating Christ’s resurrection each time we worship, and especially at Easter, is a wonderful experience: confirming God’s work of redemption, the Good News of the Gospel, and the wonders of God’s love.  After such celebration, the question is, “Now What?" Luke, the physician and Gospel author, answers this in The Acts of the Apostles. This resource by Dr. Carol Miller takes you into Luke’s accounts of the early church, from believers standing speechless, gazing up toward heaven as the resurrected Jesus is lifted up, to the birth of the church, and to the charge to be witnesses to the ends of the earth. Walk with the early disciples as the church, founded on the fulfillment of God’s promises to Israel, now begins its reach to the Gentile world. Study the ways the church fulfills its mission, encountering new people and new places as the Gospel spreads. In this “story without end,” the church's mission does not change; it applies to us as it did to them. Reflect together on what this means for your church and for the whole church of Jesus Christ in our time. 
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Jonah and Ruth - 2 studies in One Book! 
Discover how each of these books addresses the issue of outsiders: those who are not “our people.”  The Old Testament does indeed emphasize God’s covenant with and love for his people. But as Israel discovers, God’s love and concern does not stop with them but extends to all people. Can be used as a 4-session study of Jonah, a 5-session study of the book of Ruth, or better yet, study them back to back! 
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The Church as a Mix of Cultures and World Views 

Understanding the multi-cultural world of Corinth in the time of Paul can help the church in our time. Yes, dealing with differing views and rivalries starts at home. As we look over Paul’s shoulder in these 14 sessions, we can better comprehend a letter that applies the hope of the Gospel to love in action. For believers and the church, having the mind of Christ makes a world of difference!
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Making plans to observe the
500th anniversary of the Reformation
Check out Kerygma's revised and updated Reformation Edition of Romans!

Study one of Paul’s most important letters with an added session addressing the difference Paul’s letter made in the life of Martin Luther, and a look at the events leading up to the Reformation.

The Leader’s Guide contains activities to help participants reflect on the meaning of the Reformation in the church today. 
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